As believers, whether we want to admit it or not, we are in a spiritual battle and as such we should always be prepared to fight when the enemy presents itself.
In the natural a soldier prepares long before he or she goes into battle and if they did not do that, they would not last too long on the battlefield.
Preparation in the life of a believer is just as important; as our enemy constantly presents himself from the moment we enlist.
Ephesians 6 out lines how we should prepare ourselves so we can stand in the heat of the battle:
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
God will give his children special insight into things so that we can prepare and in that preparation God will allow us to develop strength in that area as we tap into the fruits of the spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Long Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance (self control).
God gave insight to Joseph, which allowed him to prepare for a famine, (Recession) for 7 years.
God gave insight to Noah, which allowed him to prepare for an impending disaster for 120 years.
In each of these cases, if they had not prepared but made excuses as to why they couldn’t complete the task, it would have cost them their lives.
If anyone had cause for excuses it would have been Noah, he was building a boat on dry land, telling people about an impending disaster, which was a rain storm or flood in an area that had never seen rain and he did this for 120 years. Do you think there were a few sceptical people around?
Do you think that at stages through this 120 years that Noah did not have any doubts?
Yet he kept on going and with all the negative comments coming back at him he kept on sharing the message. Even though many people heard the message and saw the development of the boat, they refused to believe.
However because of Noah’s belief and preparing, when everyone else was perishing, he and his family were safe.
The Gospel message and your preparation will not only save you but many people around you and the enemy knows that and this is why he will try his hardest to stop you from preparing yourself.
1Pe 3:15 Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
Because of your preparation it allows you to see things that others do not see and your preparation gives you hope and hope activates your faith. This is why when others are seeing the glass half empty, you are seeing it half full!
You cannot someone else who has not prepared to see things the way you see them, because they have to go through their own preparation in order to build up their hope so they can see through different eyes.
If you want to live a successful, effective life, then prepare for success and effectiveness. If you want to live a mediocre life, barely keeping your head above water, then do not do any preparation and always reaction to situations instead of developing the ability to respond to them.
Preparation in doing this business is very important.
You need to work harder on yourself than any other aspect of doing this business because as your skill improves, your results are going to also improve.
Many people make the biggest mistake in our industry and that is focusing mainly on the products or the comp plans or the Company, instead of on themselves and their own personal development, then they wonder why their business is going no where fast.
Your preparation in this aspect will be worth thousands if not millions to your future finances. You cannot afford not to focus on it.
During this preparation you are going to develop:
And many other characteristics that will enable you to weather the storms that life throws at you.
Guaranteed 100% of people that leave our industry is caused by a lack of personal growth and truth preparation for success.
If success could be obtained without any preparation, then everyone would be successful, however that is not the case. If success could be achieved without hard work, then again everyone would be successful.
You have to prepare for success and you have to be able to see your success BEFORE you get there. This will result in hope for the future, which will impact your faith in the future, which will in turn cause you to keep on working.
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